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Senior Engineer #2306-230600-01

Date Opened
Monday, September 11, 2023 12:00 PM
Close Date
Monday, September 25, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $82,775 - $103,443/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


This Senior Engineer position with CATS gives individuals the opportunity to solve problems and to design projects that really matter, often coming up with solutions that are original and innovative. Working as part of an engineering team, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with people both inside and outside your chosen field. You’ll be surrounded by people who will challenge you; people who will cause you to stretch and grow; and people who will inspire you.

As a CATS Senior Engineer, you can use your talents to find creative solutions. It is an opportunity to make your mark on the world by managing and directing engineering work performed by consultants and other the departmental staff. Both your technical and your soft skills will be essential parts of your work.  Day-to-day responsibilities will include managing both design consultants from many disciplines and complex construction projects along with representing CATS at technical meetings and public meetings and hearings. Expected tasks include all phases of project management such as directing the preparation of plans, specifications, cost estimates, requests for proposals, bid documents; working with consultants, contractors, and the public to resolve problems and initiate the appropriate solutions; and maintaining effective communication to improve collaboration and engagement. This Senior Engineer position reports to the Senior Project Manager.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and direct the preparation of plans, specifications, reports, cost estimates, request for proposals and bid documents for contract awards.
  • Provide technical assistance in the review of development plans.
  • Prepare a variety of technical papers, reports, correspondence, and other documents and materials required for assigned projects.
  • Represent the project at technical meetings and before local citizens in public meetings and hearings.
  • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through the various methods established by CATS as outlined in the Agency Safety Plan.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skills to interpret technical plans and specifications.
  • Ability to use project controls software and analyze schedules.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to maintain good working relationships with consultants, contractors, management, coworkers, and the public, and represent CATS in a professional manner.
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Adobe, and Bluebeam, and with mobile devices such as tablet computers.
  • Ability to successfully perform project management tasks including the proactive management during project initiation, planning, implementation, and closeout.
  • Ability to apply conflict resolution techniques.
  • Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration standards and processes.

Preferred Qualification

  • Master's degree 
  • Ten years of experience managing federal transportation related projects

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a BS/BA in Civil Engineering or related field; minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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